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COVID-19 positive cases increase to 30 locally fatalities

The number of Seminole Countians testing positive for COVID-19 continued to rise in the last week; but the number of  local citizens who have died from the disease, which is caused by the novel Coronavirus, remained at two. The county jumped from 22 positive cases last week to 30 as of Wednesday, April 29.

Nearby Georgia counties, with the exception of Miller, continue to experience much higher numbers, especially Mitchell County, with 29 deaths and 294 positive cases and Early County with 18 deaths and 208 positive cases. Decatur County has 66 reported positive cases with only one death and Miller County has had 31 positive cases reported with zero deaths according to the state’s Department of Public Health website.

The shelter-in-place order is due to expire today, Thursday, April 30 unless Gov. Brian Kemp extends it, except for the elderly and medically fragile, who must remain at home at least through May 13.

Dougherty County continues to record the highest number of deaths from
COVID-19 of any county in the state. They have had 118 citizens die, compared to 108 in Fulton, 81 in Cobb, and 54 in Gwinnett counties where the population is more than eight times greater than Dougherty County’s population of 89,905.

As of Wednesday, April 29 at 11 a.m., there have been 25,159 cases of
COVID-19 statewide, and 1,043 deaths reported to state health officials. The deaths account for 4.14% of cases seen in the state so far.

There have also been 4,921 hospitalizations in Georgia, which accounts for 19.55% of all cases seen in the state.

Health officials have not released figures on the number of people who got COVID-19, but later recovered.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added six new symptoms to its list of symptoms for COVID-19.

The new symptoms are chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste and/or smell. These symptoms join the original symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath/difficulty breathing. Symptoms of COVID-19 typically appear 2-14 days after exposure and range from mild to severe.

The Georgia Department of Public Health is expanding testing throughout the state, so it is important for people to recognize these symptoms and seek testing if they are ill.

All symptomatic individuals are eligible for COVID-19 testing.

People should not arrive unannounced or without a scheduled appointment at a specimen collection site. There are two ways to be referred for COVID-19 testing: either by the local health department or a physician.

Health care providers and/or physicians can still refer patients for COVID-19 testing.

Social distancing, hand washing for 20 seconds, and wearing a mask in stores and businesses are still encouraged.

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